If you're thinking about taking on some electrical work and need to know whether you're legally allowed to do the work, then read on for the answers.
The municipal, state or federal government owns the infrastructure that you see around you - from roads to public toilets to bridges and pathways. But they also own the infrastructure that we all often forget about - the sewer system, the electricity lines, and the drainage systems under ground.
When you as a normal person (ie, someone without a licence) wants to interact with that infrastructure, you'll interact with it in a 'normal person' kind of way - through an interface eg through an electrical outlet, a toilet, a switchboard, etc. These interfaces are already a form of licensing, because they are made conform to standards set by the people who own the infrastructure.
If you want to interact with the infrastructure behind the interface, you'll usually need a licence to do so. This licence is another form of standards set by the people who own the infrastructure - standards in the form of:
A licence is awarded to someone who conforms to the standards, and this is what you as a customer use to establish whether they're allowed to do work on the infrastructure.
For electrical work, a general rule of thumb is that a licensed professional is needed for work on anything behind a light switch, power outlet, switchboard or light fitting.
Most states give tradesmen concessions for incidental work which isn’t covered under their licence (usually restricted by type of trade and value of incidental work), but this is unlikely to include electrical work.
All states offer restricted licence classes to trades other than electricians, however these trades must be recognised by the state electrical licensing authority as being trades which have a legitimate need to sometimes perform electrical work e.g. plumbers, gasfitters, refrigeration & air-conditioning equipment service tradies.
Service Central automatically checks the licences of each business that responds to your job, based on the category that you have chosen. In the electrical category, we require a licence for most categories, excluding home entertainment installation, home automation and data cabling (that sometimes needs it's own licensed professionals).
While most Energy Safety rules are very similar from state to state, there can be subtle differences. In addition, there are usually a few variants of licences which can add complexity. We recommend that you check the details of the job and the licence with your state Energy Safety authority before proceeding.
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